Summer is here and that means hotter days more visitors from Chicago that have super white skin!!!! We have had many of them burn a bit while visiting and I since my neighbor Zai and I have Aloe plants growing we decided to make some Aloe Vera Ice Cubes!!! Continue reading “How to Make Aloe Vera Ice Cubes with Secret Ingredient”
First day of school is just around the corner! If you are a teacher you need to get a good night’s rest every school night, the night before the first day of school is especially important as your students may be meeting you for the first time and vice versa. Continue reading “How to get good night’s rest as a teacher!”
No meal would be complete without dessert!
Citrus Coconut Popsicles are the perfect way to cool down on those HOT summer nights! My boys love these! They are so easy to make and very refreshing on a hot summer day! Continue reading “Citrus Coconut Popsicles”
I’m always looking for delicious alternatives to artificial flavors and drinks with tons of sugar. This recipe is easy and delicious; plus, the kids will love it. Every year when I go to the farm in Utah the lemonade is always there and it’s super yummy! Continue reading “Lavender Lemonade”
As the school year is coming to an end it’s time to think about all the wonderful teachers. They give so much to our little munchkins, so I like to give them something special at the end of the year 🙂 Since I make my own skincare products I decided why not share with them. My boys help with making the gifts as well and they absolutely love it! So this year we decided to make Sugar Scrub, Happy Roll On and wonderful smelling Bath Salts. Below you will find out how incredibly easy it is to make these 3 things under 10 min! Continue reading “DIY Teachers Gifts”
Since Mother’s Day is around the corner Bath soaks are an easy and useful gift. If someone doesn’t have a bathtub they can use this as a foot soak. Continue reading “DIY Bath Soak “
When life gives you lemons, you make an all-natural whitener. =) Skip the harsh chemicals and make this safe and effective whitener. Use it in your laundry, the bathtub, and any other surface that needs a little brightening.
3/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup lemon juice
10-15 drops Young Living Lemon essential oil
3/4 cup baking soda
7 cups water
Combine all ingredients in a container capable of holding 1/2 gallon or more.
Shake well before use.
Use one cup per load and wash with hot water for best results.
Click here to get started!
If you are looking for a heavy-duty cleaning product, this is going to be your best friend. It’s super easy to make. It’s non toxic and even your kids can help you clean! The best part is you don’t even need gloves!!! Continue reading “DIY Thieves scrub cleaner “
Let’s chat about one of the number one things we ALL use for a clean home: household cleaners. Continue reading “Household Non Toxic Makeover”
My boys LOVE Crepes! They can eat them everyday if I let them, so I found this easy recipe that I have been using for couple years now 😉 It’s quick and easy to make. Here are the ingredients:
3/4 cup Milk (I use almond milk but any milk will work)
1/2 cup Water
1 cup Flour
3 tbs. melted Butter
2 1/2 tbs. Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 drops of Young Living Orange Vitality Oil (optional and make sure it’s Young Living ONLY, you can get them here).
Ningxia Berry Syrup or Maple Syrup
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the first 3 ingredients. Gradually add in the flour and butter, stirring to combine. Add the sugar and vanilla and tangerine oil, mix until smooth.
Heat a lightly buttered griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour about 1/4 a cup of the batter onto the griddle. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side.
Pour about 1 tbs of the syrup and spread it around and roll it up! So EASY and quick!
Never in a million years did I think that I would make my own mayonnaise! We love mayo in our home and use it for a lot of recipes. Recently I came across a super easy recipe that totally worked and I was blown away how easy it was and how great it tastes!
Most commercial mayonnaise you can buy at the store have other GMO oils in them as their main ingredient. Vegetable oils such as canola, soybean, corn, and cottonseed are the oils most common in store-bought mayonnaise and they are highly processed, contain trans fats, and/or are very high in omega-6 fatty acids which causes inflammation in the body and can lead to numerous health problems. Another problem is that they usually have added sugar and artificial ingredients.
But I’m here to tell you that making your own is REALLY EASY and the taste is beyond compare! All you need is a food processor, a few simple ingredients, and 5 minutes !
So before you get started, here are a few things you need to know:
1) All of your ingredients MUST be room temperature or it will not thicken.You can place your eggs in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes or leave them at room temperature for about an hour. I set mine on the counter the night before – no need to worry, the egg won’t go bad!
2) The kind of olive oil you use AND the brand you use matter! When making mayo, extra virgin olive oil it is too heavy and will leave a really bitter taste so you need to use extra light tasting olive oil. But not all extra light olive oils are the same, it took me a long time to figure out why sometimes my mayonnaise tasted awesome and other times it was bitter – some brands of extra light olive oil still have a strong taste! So I started using Filippo Berio brand every time because the taste is very neutral and it always turns out perfect. If you buy another brand, I recommend tasting it before you make the mayo. If it has any olive taste to it, your mayo will be bitter.
3) Buy pasteurized eggs.I didn’t make homemade mayo for a long time because I was worried about the raw egg. But then I discovered that you can buy pasteurized eggs, which are safe to eat raw! If you don’t want to spend the money on pasteurized eggs, you can pasteurize them yourself – just google it Or you can buy good quality cage-free eggs and wash the egg shell to remove any bacteria that might contaminate the egg when broken. However it’s not guaranteed like pasteurized eggs.
4) The slower you pour, the thicker the mayonnaise.When the recipe says “slowly drizzle” take it seriously. If you dump the oil in all at once it will result in a runny mess. The recipe works best if you pour as thin a stream of oil as possible.
5) Don’t use a copper or aluminum bowlIt can leave an aftertaste in your mayo.
5) And finally, Homemade mayo is SO MUCH better than store-bought! Seriously, no joke it will change your life.
*All ingredients MUST be room temperature for the mayonnaise to emulsify.
- 1 Whole Egg, room temperature (use pasteurized if worried about the raw egg)
- ½ tsp. Sea Salt
- ½ tsp. Ground Mustard
- 1¼ C Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil, Filippo Berio brand (See above, the brand matters!)
- 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice, room temperature
- Place the egg, salt, ground mustard and ¼ C of the the olive oil into the bowl of a food processor.
- Whirl on low until combined.
- While the processor is still running, SLOWLY drizzle the remaining olive oil in, this should take you about 3 minutes. Resist the urge to dump it in at the end.
- Add the lemon juice and pulse on low until combined.
- Place in fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.
- Store in a sealed container in the fridge. The mayonnaise will be good until one week past the egg’s expiration date.
Regular cleaning is an important part of healthy, youthful skin; however, you can overdo it. Dermatologists agree that over-washing can lead to irritation and lack of moisture. Continue reading “DIY Facial Cleanser”